How to Deactivate Your Gmail Account
When a Gmail account is properly deleted from an Android device, it remains accessible via a web browser and can be reconnected if you change your mind in the future.
Although some menus and options may differ, these instructions apply to all Android versions and devices.
How to Remove a Gmail Account From an Android Device
Here are the basic steps to remove a Gmail account from an Android device.
Open Settings > Accounts.
Select the Gmail account.
Tap Remove Account.
Confirm with a tap on Remove Account
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Turn off Gmail syncing and notifications if you use an alternative email client.
Open Settings and tap Accounts, or Users & Accounts on some phones.
Tap the Gmail account. You may need to tap Gmail first on some devices.
Tap Sync Account.
Please scroll down to Gmail and tap the switch next to it to prevent Gmail from syncing with your device. Some devices may refer to this option as Sync Gmail.
How to Turn Off Gmail Notifications
Follow these steps to keep your Google account on your phone and continue to receive Gmail messages without receiving new mail alerts:
In the Gmail app, tap the three horizontal lines in the upper-left corner.
Scroll down and tap Settings.
Tap the relevant account.
Select Notifications > None to turn off notifications.
Problems Removing a Google Account From an Android Phone
Although these instructions work for the vast majority of Android phones, you may encounter issues:
- Step four may need you to tap the Overflow Menu icon (the three vertically stacked dots) in order to get the option to delete your account.
- Try adding a new Gmail account, setting it as the primary account, and then deleting the unwanted account if you’re unable to delete the primary Gmail account that you used to initially set up your phone. If that does not work, reset the device to factory settings. This process will also erase all of your phone’s data, so be sure to back up your device beforehand.
Losing Access to Data Tied to the Gmail Account
If you disconnect your Gmail account from the Google Play Store, you will be unable to access the apps and content you purchased from the Google Play Store. The data linked with that Gmail account will likewise be deleted, including emails, photos, and calendars.
Certain Android devices prohibit the deletion of Gmail accounts. Instead, disable it by selecting Apps > Gmail > Disable.
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